Process & Requirements
Thank you for considering growing your family through adoption! Whatever circumstances brought you to this decision, you are eager to welcome a child into your home and we are eager to help. As we work with you, we want to understand your circumstances and hear what you desire from the adoption process.
At the same time, our philosophy is that we do not find children for families, but rather find families for children. Our first concern is to see that each child we serve is provided for in the best way possible given his or her individual needs.
We have four initial eligibility requirements in order for you to begin the adoption process:
- Both husband and wife must be between the ages of 25 and 45.
- If this is a first marriage, you must be married at least three years. If it is a second or subsequent marriage, at least five years.
- Both husband and wife must be professing Christians and regularly-attending members of the same evangelical church. They must be in agreement with our Statement Of Faith
- If you have children in your home, your youngest child must be at least 15 months old prior to beginning the adoption process with CCS. If you are returning to adopt again or received a home assessment from another agency, your youngest child must be 18 months old. If you have previously adopted an older child, that child must have been in your home for twelve months before beginning the process again.
Please keep in mind that this is a general outline of the process you can expect from your adoption. Your unique situation may differ from what is explained below.
Step One: Pre-Application
After contacting Covenant Care and discussing your interest in adoption, we will send you a pre-application if you meet our basic eligibility requirements.
Step Two: Background Checks
Once you complete the pre-application and return it to us, step two begins. Prospective adoptive families are required by Georgia law to have criminal background clearances from the GBI and the FBI. All other household members 18 and over are also required to complete these clearances. We will help you complete this process.
Step Three: Training Sessions
Attend two Covenant Care training sessions in Macon to understand more thoroughly what adoption through CCS looks like. We typically have two training sessions per year. At these sessions you will learn what is required of you as you move through the adoption process. You will also hear testimonies from adoptive couples, birthparents, and CCS staff as they explain the different types of adoption experiences.
Step Four: Home Assessment
The process to become a waiting family begins after you attend our training sessions. This process can take up to six months to complete depending on the caseworker’s availability, your availability, and whether or not you already have a current home assessment.
Step Five: Portfolio
Complete a portfolio of pictures, letters, and information about your family. This is what the birthmother will look through when she creates her adoption plan.
Step Six: Waiting
Your profile is previewed by a birthmother. You will usually not be notified every time a birthmother views your profile. Your caseworker helps you navigate the waiting period and thoroughly equips you with the knowledge you need to proceed once you have been chosen by a birthmother. CCS believes that the best adoption experiences are always tailored to fit the needs of the adopted child first and foremost.
Step Seven: Birthmother Meeting
If the birthmother would like to meet you before the adoption, visitation prior to delivery may occur.
Step Eight: Placement Day!
Your child is placed with you for adoption! While each situation is unique, placement often happens after the birthmother’s ten day revocation period has ended, when a newborn child is about two weeks old.
Step Nine: Post-Placement Visits
After a child has been placed with you, Covenant Care arranges monthly supervision of the adoptive placement until the Petition to Adopt is filed.
Step Ten: Finalization
Finalization of the adoptive placement usually occurs within two months of the adoptive family’s attorney filing the Petition to Adopt. The entire adoption process after placement usually takes four to six months.
Step Eleven: Post-Adoption
Covenant Care is continually available to all adoptive families seeking our services before, during, and after the placement of a child in their home. Our commitment to our adoptive families includes being available to them to help with issues related to parenting an adopted child.